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Old 02-03-2012, 03:21 PM   #16
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For carpet rubber tire, clean off tires with automotive brake cleaner, then dope tires 5-10min before race. Generally, I dope full rears and inside half of fronts. Wipe tires clean with a rag before hitting the track. The rag is cleaner and more consistent and predictable than the burn out mat.
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the best thing i found to clean your onroad tires is a mixture you can make real cheap... mix ronson lighter fluid and the higher 93% rubbing alcohol at a 50/50 ratio... it gets the tires back to brand new.... then after that i use corally 3.0 traction compound 5 min before race start... try it... youll like it
Will 99% do the trick?
i cant find 93% at local pharmacy
only 70% or 99%

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The better half hooked me up with a few small bottles so I've got a couple options in my pit box now. I did some testing of cleaning capabilities and I really like how simple green cleans, evaporates quickly, doesn't smell bad and still leaves the tires as soft as WD40 does. Hours (6+) after cleaning with both WD40 and SG (one tire each) both tires seem to have the same soft feeling. Much different than the uncleaned tires that last saw action a week ago. However, if you have buildup to get rid of, WD40 is the ticket.
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The better half hooked me up with a few small bottles so I've got a couple options in my pit box now. I did some testing of cleaning capabilities and I really like how simple green cleans, evaporates quickly, doesn't smell bad and still leaves the tires as soft as WD40 does. Hours (6+) after cleaning with both WD40 and SG (one tire each) both tires seem to have the same soft feeling. Much different than the uncleaned tires that last saw action a week ago. However, if you have buildup to get rid of, WD40 is the ticket.
I personally prefer oil based cleaners like wd40 but have the best luck with Gumout carb cleaner to get really stubborn rubber buildup off quickly. It leaves the tires super clean and slightly tacky. Cleans better than WD40 on heavy buildup.

IMO Simple Green full strength works well for cleaning (50/50 water mix was not so good) but if used each round and after practice sessions it can leave the tires too sticky picking up lots of junk from the track and eventually caused traction rolling. I went back to the carb cleaner and all was good again. But as they say..... Your millage may vary.
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I was just speaking of what I saw from just cleaning. Basically the only thing I could say from that test was that WD40 outperformed SG when it comes to removing buildup. Now how it affects tire performance on track I don't know yet. That's something I will check out next time out.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:36 PM   #21
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i always clean tires with electrical cleaner u get from advance auto cuz its cheap.
i was using sxt for a while cuz our track doesnt allow the smelly stuff but i found this stuff these guys make on a month ago online. comedycomposite.com dont know what the heck it is but its some good stuff
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For carpet rubber tire, clean off tires with automotive brake cleaner, then dope tires 5-10min before race. Generally, I dope full rears and inside half of fronts. Wipe tires clean with a rag before hitting the track. The rag is cleaner and more consistent and predictable than the burn out mat.
thats exactly what ive been doing for years, tried and trued
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Guys, I have a problem with my Sorex tires. They're practically brand new and ran them for only a few times. After a while, the glazed surface began to disappear but grip has not improved.

After reading this thread, I decided to scrub my tires with a regular brite pad and simple green. To my amazement, the tires became shiny again as if it was brand new. Apparently, the rubber on our track managed to stick itself on my tire.

What can I do to prevent this from happening?
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Guys, I have a problem with my Sorex tires. They're practically brand new and ran them for only a few times. After a while, the glazed surface began to disappear but grip has not improved.

After reading this thread, I decided to scrub my tires with a regular brite pad and simple green. To my amazement, the tires became shiny again as if it was brand new. Apparently, the rubber on our track managed to stick itself on my tire.

What can I do to prevent this from happening?
What surface are you running on.
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What surface are you running on.
A very smooth indoor asphalt track mainly run on by TC electric.
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Used this on the weekend to great success.

Brand new Sorex 36r. Simple green, allow to dry for a few minutes on some paper towel, then roll the tyre on fresh paper towel to fully dry. LRP asphalt traction compound all around. Paper towel into warmer cups, then on the tyres. Leave for about 30mins @ 55*C, or until compound is no longer "wet". Remove paper towel and leave the warmers same temp, put them back on until just before the race.

I managed to traction roll the car with this on a track that would normally be low grip. Also, 1. I've never traction rolled a TC on any surface. 2. I've never traction rolled any car on asphalt. So I was pretty excited that I did.
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For close to 1 run tires if your running MOD
1. Using rubber tire sander (muchmore) take out the center rib off the tire.
2. re glue tires onto rim if needed.
3. clean with oil based cleaner or traction compound.
4. apply traction compound 5-10 minutes before your race.
5. whipe off with rag if its still wet.
FOR Asphalt.
4. Apply traction compound and PUT IN TIRE WARMERS!
Adjust warmer temurature by the way your car handles at the end of your run.
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A very smooth indoor asphalt track mainly run on by TC electric.
it might be best to clean them every run but I doubt you need to polish them that often though. and store them in a bag with conditioner or wd40 on them, i never leave my tires on the car in the air. weird to say but tires do have a shelf life.
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You should be wearing your tires out loooong before their shelf life is up. Funny to read all the different methods for rubber tires.
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You should be wearing your tires out loooong before their shelf life is up. Funny to read all the different methods for rubber tires.
I know if you dont you just wasted 40 bucks.lol
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